Thursday, October 26, 2006

Government in your bedroom

NOTE: This post might push the envelope just a little when it comes to decency, but I'm only doing that to make my point.

Hat-tip: Beaumont Underground

Beaumont Enterprise: Three Beaumont shops face obscenity accusations

Police raided three Beaumont businesses Wednesday suspected of selling pornographic videos and sex toys that violate the state's obscenity law.

Officers seized hundreds of items from Bare Necessities in the 2500 block of Interstate 10, Krazy Katz in the 6300 block of Phelan Boulevard and Sunrise Records in the 2400 block of 11th Street, said Beaumont police Lt. Jim Clay.

Store employees present during the raids - nine in all - were arrested and face a Class A misdemeanor obscenity charge punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Among the items seized were devices such as vibrators and hard-core adult videos depicting different forms of sexual intercourse, Clay said.

I've never been in any of these places and have only known about Sunrise Records, so I can't speak for any certainty about what's been going on in these places, but I do find it odd that the government sees it necessary to regulate this kind of thing.

I've long felt that anything involving sex that does not harm another individual is none of the government's business, and I don't see how ...

Texas law prohibits the sale of devices designed or marketed primarily for genital stimulation.

... selling ...

It is also illegal to own more than five such devices.

... or owning such things harms people.

I could very well be wrong about this, but in my twisted little mind I'd think that things like that, when either kept to yourself or used with a consenting partner of legal age, would be of benefit to society.

"Why the heck would you think that?" is probably what you're thinking.

For using them alone, these "devices" would help a... for lack of a better term... sexually frustrated person relieve some frustration themselves, instead of resorting to hookers or, heaven forbid, rape.

As far as couples are concerned, after being together a long time many couples get bored with their sex life and their marriage deteriorates as a result of it. Bringing in "devices" can help make that aspect interesting and fun again which helps marriages last.

Yes, I know sex isn't the most important thing in a relationship, but it's still up there and a fairly important aspect.

Don't the police have more important things to take care of anyway, like catching REAL criminals? You know, those people that actually do harm to others.

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